D Cooper ‘50
- Six different goalscorers on target for Albion
- Albion concede their first goal of the season
- The Seagulls have won their last five games
- James Marrs’s side record their biggest victory of the campaign
The Seagulls' run of six consecutive clean sheets was ended when Zoe Rushen gave the Essex side a suprise lead, but goals from Charlotte Gurr, Kate Natkiel, Kirsty Barton, Jay Blackie, Deanna Cooper and Amy Taylor ensured the hosts cruised to victory.
Basildon created the first chance of the game when Hannah Porter fired over the bar from Amy Nash’s free-kick inside the opening four minutes.
Lucy Somes was the first player to threaten for Albion, but her strike was comfortably saved by Cherie Rowlands.
But the visitors, who had scored in every game so far this season, continued that run when Rushen rifled the ball past Albion keeper Faye Baker from a Nash set-piece after nine minutes.
Baker was called into action again to save another Nash free-kick, but the Seagulls restored parity to the scoreline in the 15th minute.
Phoebe Leitch showed plenty of determination down the right-hand side and found Gurr inside the box, who slotted the ball into an unguarded net.
Albion were ahead three minutes later when Somes threaded the ball into the path of Natkiel and the latter clinically dispatched her shot past Rowlands.
But Basildon still carried a threat themselves and Rushen was denied a second goal when Baker produced a superb save to tip the ball onto the crossbar and to safety.
The Seagulls established a firm grip on the match in the 31st minute, after Barton unleashed an unstoppable looping drive past Rowlands from the edge of the box to make it 3-1.
The lead could have been even more emphatic going into the interval, but this time Rowlands was on hand to keep out Cooper’s header at the near post.
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Albion added a fourth goal within two minutes of the restart, as Taylor’s perfectly-weighted through ball was rifled home by Blackie.
James Marrs’s side found the net again in the 50th minute when Cooper headed home inside the box from a Somes corner.
Taylor had a chance to extend the lead further with a close-range attempt that went over the crossbar, but added her name to the scoresheet in the 73rd minute.
In almost an identical position to her previous opportunity, the forward made no mistake on this occasion and shot home past Rowlands to make it 6-1.
Albion played out the closing stages with relative ease to secure their biggest win of the season while remaining top of the Premier League Southern Division. Next up is Lewes at the Dripping Pan on Wednesday.
ALBION: Baker; C Cooper, D Cooper, Ashton-Jones; Leitch (Boswell 73), Blackie (Fox 73), Barton (Young 69), Gurr, Somes; Natkiel, Taylor.
Albion manager James Marrs said, "The girls were a bit nervous about losing our run of clean sheets.
"Our first priority was not to concede, but once we did, it took a little bit of weight off our shoulders and the girls took the game from there.
"The girls are getting a bit more confident in front of goal and it's a pleasing sign.
"I never said a word for the first 30-35 minutes of the game because the players managed to turn the game around themselves.
"That's probably more important than the result and it means we're on the next level now."
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